Eco Friendly House Design Ideas

Solar panels Solar energy is clean, renewable and cheap thus saving you a lot of money over the long run. You can use solar energy in different areas including water heating and lighting. You should note that different solar panels work best at different geographical locations; therefore, you should research and find the best panels to use in your area. Doors and windows The door provides light and also allows warm air to escape thus leaving your house smelling fresh. You should go for a large front door without windows. As rule of thumb the door should be made from eco-friendly wood or any other material. When it comes to windows, you should go energy star-rated windows that are ideal for your climate zone. You should install the windows in an angle allowing maximum light to enter the house. To allow more light you should install glass panels at the base. For the windows to admit breezes they should have glass panels at the base. Breezes bring in cool air thus eliminating the need for air-conditioning. view full post »

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Change A Log Cabin Exterior

Roofing The roof enhances the general appearance of a log cabin. When transforming the exterior of such construction, this process won’t be complete if you stick with the old roofing. There is a lot that can be done to change the general appearance of the roof. Changing the color or the shape or even changing the roofing materials! If the process is done right, this will transform the log cabin exterior look to something new and thrilling to the eyes. Garden Plants add life and compliment the exterior of your cabin. There are those who choose to grow flowers and the others that go with the vegetables. The garden is a perfect decoration for both the front and the backyard of a log cabin. You can always choose the theme for a wishing garden, such as, English, Japanese, feng shui style and alike. It’s important not to forget that the garden should be a place where the good vibes appear. What ads more fun to have a log cabin with a garden – is your own grown vegetables, that are an option for healthier eating. And of course for more active leisure spending. Terrace view full post »

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Clean Stains on Nepolite Furniture

Coffee and Wine. These two drinks can cause havoc when it spills on your carpet but on a Nepolite sofa, there is a solution. Make a diluted mixture of dishwashing liquid and water, then with a sponge wash over the coffee or wine stain to remove it. Small Scratch. A scratch on your Nepolite sofa could be heart breaking at first, but don’t fret. You can buff it with shoe polish that is the same colour as the Nepolite. This will visibly reduce the small scratch. Tougher Stains. If you find that there are other stains on the furniture and you’re not sure what it is, you can still try to remove it. Although some stains may be more difficult to remove, you can try using ammonia based liquid cream cleaner such as Handy Andy cream. It some cases it may remove the stain whereas in other cases it may just lighten them. Ink. You may find that your toddler has drawn a line on your Nepolite sofa with a pen. Now there is an ink stain on your favourite furniture. The reality is that you can lighten the stain but it may not disappear entirely. Although, a lighter view

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Modular Home Advantages

When most people hear the term “modular home,” they think that it automatically implies a cheaply built, or manufactured home that is more temporary than permanent. This is far from the truth, as a genuine modular home must have all the characteristics of a traditional, permanent frame home. This is because the same code requirements must be applied to any residential structure. One of the greatest modular home characteristics are that they have a greater range of flexibility in comparison to traditional on-frame homes. The steel undercarriage that supports floors, for example, are not needed in modular homes. On the other hand, the entire structure of modular homes are pre-constructed and fabricated in a controlled, industrial environment or factory, and then transported to the job site. Most of the time, this process makes up for the entire 90% to 95% of all building processes that need to be done. Essentially, you are signing up for fast production of your home. Sometimes referred as “System-built” homes, the unique engineering that goes into producing these structures is very efficient and even better, cost-efficient. There are many economic advantages due to the efficiency of pre-fabricated parts. Assembling the parts view full post »

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Study Room

Only allow the chair to face the door if there is sufficient space. Nowadays, the study is used to do arts and crafts, scrap booking, artistic activities and gaming. Narrow rooms work best with the desk pushed against the wall so that there is more space along the other walls. Limit the amount of bookshelves in your study. Rather fill a taller bookshelf with all the books you have in order to save space. Some books also don’t need to be kept any longer than necessary, especially if they have been read, are fiction and are not classic novels. Cables and wires need to be placed out of the way for safety reasons. Anyone can accidentally trip over wires if they are unaware of the space conditions within the study. The best place to keep cables and wires is against the wall behind the electronic devices. It will also look more appealing and neat. Crafts can become quite a hassle if you have many boxes with the different items. Use a floating shelf above the desk to store your crafts so that they are out of the way but still easily accessible. Don’t allow view full post »

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Home Elevators

Installing a residential elevator overcomes the challenge of negotiating stairways. It allows you access the different floors in your home effortlessly. Besides providing safe and comfortable access to the floors of your home, the device facilitates the transportation of goods such as laundry, furniture, seasonal items and groceries from floor to floor. Well-known elevator manufacturers such as Savaria, Federal Elevator and ThyssenKrupp Access offer home elevators with a wide range of functionalities, models, stylish designs, configurations, cabin sizes, innovative features and wall panel finishes. The accessibility systems also come with various customization options so that they can be made to easily blend with your home decor. Most elevator systems designed for residential purpose are integrated with advanced technology to ensure consistent performance, reliability, durability, quiet operation, and a smooth and comfortable ride. Sophisticated technology ensures a smooth and safe ride To ensure that your ride is safe, smooth and comfortable, home elevator systems come with advanced safety features, easy-to-use controls and specifications. Anti-skid platform: Non skid platform allows the users to enter the lift quite safely, without fear of falls and slips. Door interlocks: Residential elevators are provided with door interlocks to prevent view full post »

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Different Types of Latex

Natural (Organic) This is made from the natural sap or serum that is harvested from the rubber tree and then is processed. The sap is harvested by a primitive technology called “tapping” which consists of making small incisions on the tree and collecting the sap in containers. Mattresses made from 100% natural latex are very hard to find on the market because of the cost involved in extraction and manufacturing. Synthetic (Man Made) This means that the material used for production of latex mattresses is human made with technology known as polymerization and includes binding together single molecules of a monomer such as styrene mixed with surfactants. The end result is a material that has similar characteristics to the natural one, and is much cheaper. The down side is that this material has shorter durability and is not as firm as the natural latex. Blended (Mixed) The term blended signifies that this latex is made from mixing natural and synthetic latex usually in ratios of 80% synthetic and 20% natural. There is also a blend of equal parts natural and synthetic latex, but this is rare and is reserved for premium mattresses. The view full post »

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Reasons to Have Energy Efficient Homes

Save Money Buying energy appliances, having home improvements, and working in a way can help save hundreds of dollars every year. If you use energy efficient appliances, you can save up to 30% on your electricity bills. Energy efficient light bulbs like CFLs, halogens and LEDs can help save 30-80% on energy bills. Using cold water to wash clothes and keeping your tires inflated can also help save considerable money annually. Help Improve the Economy Apart from helping the individual in saving energy costs, energy efficient homes can also enable people to save the country’s money and that too, on a large scale. The figure can go up to $500 billion a year amongst citizens and businesses in energy costs that have been avoided. Energy saving projects also create jobs, be it in terms of building construction, improvement and repairs. Help the Environment If and when we utilize less energy, natural resources are saved and can help reduce pollution. We all know the ravages of burning fossil fuels and how they can negatively impact the environment. If we use energy efficient homes, less of this would happen and the earth would be a much greener and view full post »

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Different Areas to Place a Couch

The Bedroom. In modern bedrooms the d├ęcor and layout is very specific. The bed, the headboard, the bed covers, curtains and cupboards are all styled to fit in with the theme or colour scheme of the bedroom. Therefore people don’t use their beds to sit on when they are getting ready in the morning. They want to keep it neat, so they opt for a couch instead. A tub chair is a popular option as it is a small single seater mini couch that takes up little space. A small, low back double seater couch is another option for a bedroom and it can be placed at the end of the bed. The Patio. In warmer climates where the weather is lovely in the summer, or in the winter, many homeowners have opted to build patios. The patio is a lovely serene area where you can enjoy the tranquillity of nature while sitting comfortably on your Levi 2 Seater couch. For the patio it is ideal to place a couch with soft comfortable cushions so that you can relax and enjoy your experience. The TV Room. Naturally, the TV room is an area that would benefit from having a view

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Steam Cleaning Makes Furniture New

A specialist who is qualified to treat household furniture will have the power to expel more soil, odour, debris, and stains. Professional cleaners will likewise be better prepared and equipped to monitor water consumption (it’s important as over-soaking the texture can make it look worse than before). It is best to stick to those that are properly certified and qualified, while hiring professionals for steam cleaning furniture. The best thing to do is to hire professional cleaners who also have a license to perform their services. Qualified cleaners can be trusted to act with trust and work utilising the most ideal practices. You need to make sure that every professional cleaner sent by the firm to your house performs his job effectively and you become fully satisfied with the results offered by him. Instead of applying branded items, professional cleaners focus on delivering the best cleaning solutions for different types of stains and cleaning requirements. Hire professional cleaners who are fully qualified and hold certificates of excellence in the cleaning industry. This guarantees they are aware with the latest and best techniques used in the industry.

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